Andrew Glover-Whitley

Andy is a composer, performer, writer and music editor. His music has been played worldwide by many national and international performers and ensembles including the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the English Northern Philharmonia. His writing is heavily influenced by world music, Celtic folk and contemporary music.

Tutor Specialisms

Composition: Orchestral, Chamber, Solo, Mixed Ensembles, Folk (British), World Music (Middle Eastern and Baltic)

Music History: All musicology but with a particular research interest in Anglo-Saxon Music, Late Renaissance/Early Baroque, Classical Rare Repertoire (Esp. the Hapsburg Empire), 1840-1914 German Orchestral Repertoire, Robert Volkmann, 1820-1920 Rare Romantic Flute Repertoire, British Music 1880-2000, Post 1945 Avant-Garde and Modernism.

World Music: Iran, Turkey, Greece, Celtic and English, Latin American (Mexico and Andian)

Many critics, have described his music as tough, terse and very sinewy “like a thousand bolts of lightning in one blast”, by another. Glover-Whitley considers himself to be a rather conservative composer whose roots lie in Celtic folk music of his native lands and rock music of his native city of Birmingham. Although these have little influence on his art music, elements of Celtic melody and hard rock dogma are sometimes evident in the driving rhythms and motivic melodic cells. His main influences are to be found in the experimental avant-garde of the 1950’s to the 1980’s. Although this is now considered as old fashioned, along with many other experimentalists, Glover continues, despite being out of cinq with fashionable British banalism, to write an uncompromising individual music that is instantly recognisable as him but also very accessible to the concert going public.


He worked until January 2014 as a visiting tutor in composition at Birmingham Conservatoire of Music, England, UK and as a freelance composer and semi-professional performer. Since October 2012 he has been a tutor with the Open College of Arts (OCA) as a Composition and Music History tutor.

He has had performances by the Hanson Quartet, Singcircle, Andrew Ball, Gabriel Keen, Pablo Diemecke, Asako Arai, Linda Hirst, James Wood, Alison Wells, Guildhall New Music Ensemble, Quintetto Des Alientos de la Ciudad de Mexico, English Northern Philharmonic Orchestra under Paul Daniel, The BBC Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins, The Latin American String Quartet, Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra under Peter Eotvos, Noszferatu, Carlos Chavez Symphony Orchestra under Juan Carlos Lomonaco, North West German Radio Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Saabruken Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra with Mieko Kanno under Grant Llewellyn, Mexican National Symphony Orchestra, Baiba Oshina, Charles Matthews, Caroline Jones amongst others.

He has been broadcast in Britain, Netherlands and Eastern Europe and has been shortlisted in many national and international competitions. His music has been performed in countries as far apart as Mexico, Russia, Israel and many others. In 1995 he won the inaugural “B.Morris Foundation Prize” in the USA for his work ‘The Bloodied Moon’. He was shortlisted in the Lutoslowski Prize in Poland for his orchestral work ‘Fractured Vistas’ in 1996. His chamber work ‘Bloodied Moon’ in 1997 came second in the“Maninni Prize” in Italy. In 2007 he won the Presidents Promotional Prize of the Brandenburg Composition Competition in Germany for his work for Baglama and Ensemble “Reasons of Darkness, Excuses of Light”. His work “A Night Walk Through Mexico City: Or How To Scare The Hell Out Of Yourself” came second in the third Xicoatl Competition in Salzburg, Austria, in early 2009. Other works have been placed in other competitions throughout the world.

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